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St John Paul II (CNS)

Freedom without the underpinning of clear and absolute values is not freedom at all

Egyptians protest against anti-Christian violence in Cairo, Egypt, in August (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

A mob attacked Christian homes in Egypt merely because of a rumour that a church might be built

Pope Francis talks with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny and his wife Fionnuala (AP)

A Papal visit to Ireland will see the Pontiff enter into a a complex political situation

A crucifix hangs in the cathedral of Frankfurt, Germany,  (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

The Church in Norway and Germany should keep their distance from the state

Cardinal Carlo Caffarra: perhaps the greatest of our theologians (Photo: CNS)

Abandoning a belief in absolute moral norms would be a catastrophe for the Church

The Cloisters (Paweł Drozd/Wiki)

Amazingly, we do not seem to have a Museum of the Middle Ages in this country

William Trevor in 2002

The Irish novelist and short-story writer has died – his books are well worth discovering, if you haven’t already

'Are we entering a new era of glitz, glamour and showmanship?' Donald Trump and Nigel Farage

The president-elect’s penthouse, reminiscent of the palaces of Saddam Hussein, must give us all pause

The damaged Elephant and Obelisk statue (AP)

Bernini’s 350-year-old elephant statue has been vandalised

Pope Francis is greeted by faithful during an audience with the participants of homeless jubilee in the Paul VI Hall (L'Osservatore Romano/AP)

The Pope’s poignant gesture reminds us that the causes of homelessness must be addressed